Ever since I was a child, I loved to make people feel and look beautiful.

It’s National Acne Awareness Month!

For some of us, every day is acne awareness month! Whether you’re 12 or 40, acne can be causing you stress, self-esteem issues & sheer frustration! You may be the one who gets an occasional chin blemish once a month or you could be the one who suffers from acne all over. Unfortunately, we can’t pick and choose what type of acne will hit us, but we can do a thing or two about it.

There are four factors involved in the development of acne – 

  1. Increased production of oil – this is typically hormone related #CheekyConfidential When it’s that time of the month for women, consider using less moisturizer & blotting your face more often – I notice this helps combat having too oily of skin
  2. Obstruction of the opening of the hair follicle caused by increased production of dead skin cells #CheekyConfidential This is where products like retinols, glycolic acids & BHAs play a major role in helping you slough off the dead skin cells
  3. Infection by a bacterium, namely Propionibacterium acnes. The bacteria Propionibacterium acnes and staphylococcus epidermidis occur naturally in hair follicles. If there are too many bacteria, they may secrete enzymes that break down sebum, promoting inflammation in the follicle. Some people may be more sensitive to this reaction than others, making their acne more severe.’ Health 24
  4. Rupture (breakage of the follicle leading to inflammation)

If you suffer from acne, my first suggestion would be to visit your dermatologist (especially if you suffer from severe acne)! Don’t be scared… it’s very affordable & they will often give you a prescription with a prescription card that includes HUGE savings! I often don’t even like to write about acne because I find that these over the counter treatments just don’t compare to those prescribed by doctors. However, since it’s Acne Awareness Month, there are some things you can do to help combat acne – here’s a list of Cheeky’s favorite acne tips

  • The popular vitamin B12 can cause acne, so think twice before starting up that regime (new data just released)
  • Your skin shouldn’t hurt on new acne regime
  • If starting a new acne regime, use the product twice a week and work into daily use – it’s no longer about ‘shocking’ your skin but rather easing into it
  • Topical retinoids help those who suffer from acne
  • Blue light therapy can help with acne – you don’t always need topical products
  • Glcyolic acid can be a great daily product to help your acne disappear
  • Those with acne (or previous acne) tend to age slower
  • Dry skin suffers can produce acne – so it’s a fine line in how you treat your skin (it’s not just oily skin)
  • Acupuncture is a great treatment to consider for acne
  • Beta hydroxy acids or BHA’s are a great ingredient to consider when it comes to treating acne
  • It takes about a week for acne to form
  • Tanning can mask your acne, but it doesn’t rid of the symptoms of acne
  • Don’t use toothpaste to treat a zit – it can cause more harm than good (I used to do this in high school, eek!)
  • Stress does not cause acne – in fact, acne causes stress
  • Most acne medications make your skin more sensitive to the sun
  • Just because your acne improves on a treatment program does not mean it won’t come back – keep up with your daily regime
  • Avoid touching your face – we touch our face on average 3.6 times an hour – that means more oils, dirt & buildup
  • Acne can be hereditary
  • If you suffer from oily skin, use a foaming cleanser
  • Prescribed acne treatments take about 3 months to show results
  • Don’t wear makeup when you’re working out
  • Keep your hair out of your face as it can cause an increase in oil production on your skin
  • Popping your zit can make it worse & cause an influx in acne around the existing blemish
  • Acne scarring isn’t always caused by ‘picking’

Did you know that nearly 80% of people will experience some form of acne during their lifetimes? Acne is the most common skin disorder in the US, affecting 40–50 million Americans at any one time, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD).

#BeKindToOneAnother #NationalAcneAwarenessMonth

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